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Drier-than-average April expected

The national climate forecast for April 2015, released March 31 by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration Climate Prediction Center, indicates drier-than-average conditions to continue in South Dakota and the Great Plains.

ADM to end deforestation in supply chain

Leading agricultural processor and food-ingredient supplier Archer Daniels Midland Co. has agreed to stop deforestation due to soy and palm oil production in its global supply chains, according to investors.

Corn hit by one-two punch of U.S. plantings, stocks data

Corn hit by one-two punch of U.S. plantings, stocks data

CHICAGO - A double-whammy of U.S. crop reports pegging corn plantings and inventories above traders' estimates knocked down grain futures on Tuesday and fueled forecasts for further price declines.

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Iowa farmland prices down 7.6 percent in 6 months

Farmland prices in Iowa, the top U.S. corn and soybean state, are down by an average 7.6 percent over the past six months and 11 percent from a year ago, pressured by lower grain prices and firmer interest rates, according to a survey released Tuesday.

USDA predicts fewer corn, wheat acres, but more soybeans and small-market crops

USDA predicts fewer corn, wheat acres, but more soybeans and small-market crops

Corn, the star of Upper Midwest agriculture in recent years, won’t shine quite so brightly in the 2015 growing season, the U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts. “A little bit of the shine seems to be off corn,” says Erik Younggren, a Hallock, Minn., farmer.

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Starbucks U.S. cafes debuting new smoothies, kale optional

Starbucks Corp and Danone SA on Tuesday will begin selling a smoothie line at more than 4,300 U.S. Starbucks shops as part of a Greek yogurt partnership that will also include yogurt parfaits and ready-to-eat yogurt to be sold by grocers.

Pesticides on fruits, veggies linked with poorer semen quality

Men who eat more fruits and vegetables with pesticide residue have lower sperm counts and a lower percentage of normal sperm, according to a new study. The researchers studied sperm samples from 155 men who were attending a fertility clinic between 2007 and 2012 because they and their partners were having trouble conceiving.

Party like it's 3000 BC: Egyptian beer vessels unearthed in Tel Aviv

TEL AVIV - Fragments of ancient beer-brewing basins unearthed in Tel Aviv indicate that Egyptians more than 5,000 years ago had settled farther north than previously known and were imbibing in what is now Israel's most hard-partying city.

Market shifts ahead of USDA planting report

For the week ending March 26, May Minneapolis lost 26.25 cents, May Chicago fell 30.75 cents and May Kansas City lost 26.5 cents. As of 10 a.m. March 27, wheat trade was up 2.5 cents to 7 cents.

Decision time on sorghum checkoff

The U.S. sorghum industry is on the upswing, and supporters of the U.S. Sorghum Checkoff — the future of which is being determined in nationwide voting — are optimistic that even better days are ahead.

Environmental group seeks greater protection for USDA scientists

Environmental group seeks greater protection for USDA scientists

An environmental activist group has filed a legal petition with the U.S. Department of Agriculture seeking new rules that would enhance job protection for government scientists whose research questions the safety of farm chemicals.

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Soybeans cut swath through Western Canada wheat belt

Soybeans cut swath through Western Canada wheat belt

Soybeans, once a novelty in Western Canadian fields, are poised to reach record-large acreage again this year, and some of the world’s biggest seed companies are betting they have further room to grow in a country known for wheat and canola.

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ND soil samples show fewer wheat midge larvae for 2015

ND soil samples show fewer wheat midge larvae for 2015

Soil samples in North Dakota indicate decreased levels of overwintering wheat midge larvae (cocoons) for the 2015 season, says Janet Knodel, North Dakota State University Extension Service entomologist.

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USDA extends ARC/PLC deadline to April 7

Farmers have an additional week, until April 7, to choose between Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage, the two-safety programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Friday.

Rain to rescue Syria’s harvest after last year’s drought

Heavy rain will give Syria a healthier wheat harvest after last year’s drought cut the crop to its lowest in around in 25 years, but war is making grain distribution hard and vital stocks may still be seized by Islamic State.

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